Ceriel Klein Kromhof from the Yamaha van Beers Racing Team finished eleventh overall at the Grand Prix of Limburg. In the first moto he was riding inside of the top ten for a long time but finally he lost a position and finished the race in eleventh position. In the second moto he was riding in eleventh position again but with still several laps to go he got tired and because of this he lost a few positions to finish the race in 14th position.
The Grand Prix in Lommel is one of the toughest on the calendar. Ceriel prepared himself well for this race and was in shape when he entered the track on Saturday morning. He felt at home on the sandy circuit of Lommel and set the 15th fastest time in the pre-qualifying session. His qualifying heat started with some bad luck. He crashed in the first lap and had to come back from 30th position. With consistent lap times he worked himself back up through the field and finished the race in fifteenth position.
In the first moto he took a good start and went through the first corner inside of the top ten. Ceriel decided to ride his own race. He was riding inside of the top ten for a long time but in the closing stages of the race he lost two positions and finally crossed the finish line in 11th position.
In the second moto he took a poor start and this time he struggled to find his rhythm. The track was really heavy but Ceriel gave everything he had and worked himself up to eleventh position. The rider from Daarlerveen held on to this position till after the midway point but than he got tired and had to lower the pace. This cost him three positions and so he finished the race in 14th position.
Ceriel finished in eleventh position overall and sits in 25th position in the World Championship Standings.
Tom Soderstrom had a weekend to forget in Lommel. Tom knew he could do well in the sand of Lommel. In the practice sessions he showed some good speed and set the 12th fastest time in both sessions. In his qualifying heat things went wrong for Tom. He came up short on a big double jump and injured his wrist. He didn’t crash but had to retire from the race because of the pain in his wrist.
Tom was able to ride the warm up session on Sunday morning and things were looking fine for the young Swedish rider. His pace was good and finally he set the 4th fastest time on the clock. In the first moto he started the race just outside of the top fifteen. In the beginning everything went ok but in lap six he came up short on the double jump and injured his wrist again. He retired from the race and didn’t come out for the second moto.
After eleven rounds Tom sits in 24th position in the World Championship Standings. The series continues in Loket in the Czech Republic next weekend.